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Rubber Seoul

It was a proud and teary moment when we here at the ARC heard the strains of the Star-Spangled Banner played in Pyongyang, North Korea, last evening by a local band, the New York Philharmonic. It took me back to the early… read more >>

Big Thanks To Everyone!

I am proud to announce that from beginning to end, our Sneaky Santa Holiday sale was a raging success. It started with the smooth ballads, boogie and blues stylings of Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. (Homepage, Myspace) at the Members party:… read more >>

Sneaky Santa Holiday Sale!

Do you like music? How about the holidays? If you answered “yes” to both, then you’re in luck! It time again for the ARChive of Contemporary Music’s big Holiday Record & CD sale! It all gets going on Saturday, December 8th and… read more >>

We Love Joe.

As B., Phreddie, Jon and I turned the corner of White Street on the way to work this morning, we noticed Joe Torre sitting on our stoop. Just sitting there, waiting. When we got close, he stood up, stretched out his hand… read more >>

Calling All Vipers

Today’s blog concerns the evils of the demon weed. Tell your children, Mr. and Mrs. America OR THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHjHFkDZ1nk&rel=1] Well, that’s what we were supposed to believe in 1936. The truth is marijuana can have a negative effect… read more >>

Teen-a-rama!

So this week K. and I are wading through decades of accumulated crapola in preparation for the big yard sale (11th Street near First Ave. this Saturday, if you’re around) and we uncovered this vintage Beatles scrapbook. This was given to K…. read more >>

The Message: Run-Off Grooves and Pop Music Consciousness

  In the manufacture of phonograph records, there are a number of blank or “musicless” grooves at the end of each record. These are put there for several reasons, among them the inability of the operator of the recording machine to raise… read more >>

In Today’s ARChivewear Fashion

When I arrived, I learned that it wasn’t simply Hawaiian Shirt Day, but that it was Tiki Hawaiian Shirt Day. Neither Jon nor I have tikis on our Hawaiian shirts, so once again B. and Phreddie are Wednesday’s fashion elite. Here they… read more >>

Past Lives

If you ask, nearly everyone you know went to Woodstock, or was in a band, or once dated someone in the Eagles – or at least it seems that way. So it’s nice to see some proof every now and then. [Joshua… read more >>

Happy Birthday, The CD.

  Today is the 25th anniversary of the compact disc. Although there seems to be some consensus that today is indeed the CD’s silver anniversary, astute readers may note that different sources disagree over which one of the above three CDs was… read more >>

Helicopter Girl on Hawaiian Shirt Day

It’s a long story: P. went to Sweden as a High School exchange student.  P. loved it.  Abba dominated the airwaves.  P. was an amateur classical cellist.  Later in life, P. went back to Sweden to learn to weave. One of her… read more >>

What I did this weekend.

On Saturday I went to the Ulster County Fair. It was great. There were 4-H (the four Hs are Head, Heart, Hands and Health) exhibits, a chainsaw sculptor, barbecue, a petting zoo, a wild animal exhibit (with lemurs, a kangaroo and a… read more >>

Garage Sale Find

Last week the Baroness Von Oomph and I made the scene in the swingin’ Finger Lakes region of New York State. If you are a fan of Coneys (local white hot dogs) root beer, drive-ins and very skinny lakes, go there. Nuff… read more >>

Anti iPhone Contest: All Systems Go!

Hey kids! Remember our Anti iPhone Contest? Well, it’s still on [not really – check below]! But what’s changed is that I can now listen back to your submissions! As you can see, my New Edison-style Cup Phonograph Kit is here, it’s… read more >>

Harry Bradshaw at the ARC

For fans of Irish music, Harry Bradshaw is something of a household name. Although long an engineer and producer at RTE, what he is probably best known is his work researching and reissuing Irish music recorded during the 78rpm era. Indeed, most… read more >>

Hotcha!

Wandering around the internets recently I found a really well done blog entitled = VITAPHONE VARIETIES = Observations On Film, Music & Imagery of the Past ARChivers, as inveterate fans of antique recording technology (and rabid ukulele heads) will dig these pages… read more >>

Paris Hilton has nothing to do with Hawaiian Shirt Day

This is a watershed Wednesday. Everybody came be-decked in their ersatz Polynesian finery. It’s getting embarrassing. Maybe next week we’ll bring in our ukuleles. Hang loose, wahinis.

“Some are dead and some are living…”

Silence of the lambs… Yes it was lug nuts in the carcasses last weekend at the more-or-less annual Lamb Roast and Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Party upstate at Breezy Hill Orchard near Poughkeepsie NY. Tell me Clarice, how noisy are those… read more >>

Wanted!

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we… read more >>